Greece ranked second place in the world on the 2017 Blue Flag quality award list for beaches and marinas, among 47 countries.
Greece comes behind Spain for the highest number of awarded beaches with a total of 486 flags – 56 more than last year, ahead of France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal.
Most of the flags went to beaches in Halkidiki, northern Greece, Lasithi Crete and the Cyclades islands.
The Blue Flag is an international annual award – now in its 30th year – which is conferred on beaches that pass certain criteria including water cleanliness, amenities, environmental information and management and safety.
Turkey has 445 beaches in total awarded with the 2017 Blue Flag certification, all along the Aegean coast including 3 beaches in Istanbul, 2 beaches in Tekirdag, 4 beaches in Yalova, 4 beaches in Kocaeli, 5 beaches in Ordu, 1 beach in Adana, 1 beach in Samsun, 1 beach in Sakarya, 1 beach in Kirklareli, 1 beach in Duzce, 1 beach in Van, 1 beach in Zonguldak.